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Canadian gun laws: Controversial definition of banned firearm

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The Liberal government on Tuesday sparked applause and outrage by proposing an evergreen definition of prohibited assault-style firearms for inclusion in gun control legislation under consideration by a House committee.

The measure, introduced during the bill’s clause-by-section review, responds to pleas from supporters of tougher gun laws who want the definition of a gun spelled out in law. This builds on a federal regulatory ban on many types of firearms that took place two years ago.

Gun control group PolySeSouvient spokeswoman Natalie Provost called the planned amendments “another important step towards a comprehensive and permanent ban on assault weapons in Canada.”

While the group needs to analyze the definition and its real-world implications, she said its preliminary assessment “will cover most, if not all, conventional offensive weapons.” rice field.

Conservative MPs on the Public Safety Commission were quick to condemn the proposed definition, saying it would extend existing regulatory bans by outlawing a wide range of semi-automatic firearms.

Conservative public safety commentator Raquel Dancho described the move as an “all-out war against hunters” in Canada.

“Liberal governments are moving to ban nearly all semi-automatic shotguns and rifles with this amendment. she said.

“I am pretty shocked.”

In May 2020, the government announced a congressional mandated ban on more than 1,500 models and variations considered assault weapons, such as the AR-15 and Ruger Mini 14.

He said these guns are designed to kill people and are not suitable for hunting or sport shooting.

The Liberals are planning a mandatory buyback program to provide compensation for affected owners and businesses.

But proponents of the ban have repeatedly expressed concern that manufacturers are circumventing regulations by introducing new models.

Gun control advocates have therefore said an evergreen definition of assault-style firearms should be included in the law.

The definition was not included in the bill put forward by the Liberal Party last spring, but the government suggested it would be added before the bill reached its final vote.

Liberal Rep. Paul Chen, a longtime police officer, told the commission on Tuesday that he had witnessed first-hand “the harm that offensive weapons can do to our communities.”

“I hope everyone will support these amendments to create a more comprehensive definition of prohibited firearms and improve public safety for all Canadians,” he said. .

The proposed amendments are due to be discussed further when the commission resumes reviewing the bill on Thursday.

Liberal MP Pam Damov, parliamentary secretary to Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino, said the definition would allow Canada to have fair and consistent standards for what constitutes an assault weapon, and that there would be no loopholes for gun manufacturers. He said it was guaranteed to be gone.

“While Conservative politicians want assault weapons to be legal again, we are determined to make our communities safer,” she said in a statement.

When the bill was introduced earlier this year, liberals announced plans to freeze the importation, purchase, sale or otherwise transfer of handguns in an effort to stem firearms-related violence.

Federal regulations aimed at limiting the number of handguns in Canada are now in force.

The bill includes measures to strengthen the freeze on handguns. It also makes it possible to strip firearm licenses from those who engage in criminal harassment, including domestic violence and stalking, and raises the maximum sentence for gun smuggling and human trafficking from 10 to 14 years.


This report by the Canadian Press was first published on November 22, 2022.

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